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Diagnostic Medical Imaging Associates 19-Dec-01


Food and Drug Administration

Cincinnati District Office

6751 Steger Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45237-3097

Telephone: (513) 679-2700

FAX: (513) 679-2772


Cin WL ? 11869-02

December 19, 2001



Facility I.D.#: 109868

Gary Peterson, M.D.


Diagnostic Medical Imaging Associates

1108 Dupont Circle

Louisville, KY 40207

Dear Dr. Peterson:

A representative from the Commonwealth of Kentucky acting on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected your facility on November 28, 2001. This inspection revealed a serious regulatory problem involving the mammography at your facility.

Under a United States Federal law, the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) of 1992, your facility must meet specific requirements for mammography. These requirements help protect the health of women by assuring that a facility can perform quality mammography. The inspection revealed the following Level 1 finding at your facility:

Quality Assurance ? Equipment -21 CFR 900.12(e)(2)

Your records revealed that your facility phantom quality control records for each of the three mammography units in rooms 1, 2 and 3 were missing for at least four weeks. The MQSA regulation requires that each mammography unit be evaluated by performing at least weekly the image quality evaluation test.

The inspection found that your facility failed to perform this weekly quality control test during the 10 consecutive weeks of January 15 through March 24, 2001. This noncompliance issue was also observed for seven consecutive weeks of August 6 through September 22, 2001.

Because this condition may be symptomatic of serious underlying problem that could compromise the quality of mammography at your facility, this represents violation of the law which may result in FDA taking regulatory action without further notice to you. These actions include, but are not limited to, placing your facility under a Directed Plan of Correction, charging your facility for the cost of on-site monitoring, assessing civil money penalties up to $10,000 for each failure to substantially comply with, or each day of failure to substantially comply with, MQSA standards, suspension or revocation of

your facility?s FDA certificate, or obtaining a court injunction against performing further


In addition, your response should address the Level 2 noncompliance items that were listed on the inspection report provided to your staff at the close of the inspection. These Level 2 noncompliance items are:

1. Quality Assurance ? Equipment -21 CFR 900.12 (e)(8) (i)&(ii) as further required in 21 CFR 900.12 (e)(2)

Your records revealed that your staff failed to document corrective actions before further

mammography examinations, for failing image score, or a phantom background optical density or density difference found outside the regulatory limits. This noncompliance was observed for each of the three mammography units at your facility.

2. Quality Standards -Personnel - Radiologic Technologists -21 CFR 900.12 (a)(2)(iv)(A)

Your staff failed to show documents verifying that the radiologic technologist, [redacted]

meets the continuing experience requirement of having performed 200 mammography

examinations in 24 months.

The other items listed in the November 28, 2001 inspection report identified, as Level 3 should also be corrected. We will verify correction of these items during our next inspection. You are not required to address the Level 3 items in your written response.

You must act on these matters immediately. Please explain the following elements to this office in writing within fifteen (15) working days from the date you received this letter:

The specific steps you have taken to correct the violation noted in this letter; and

Each step your facility is taking to prevent the recurrence of similar violation.

Please submit sample records that demonstrate proper record keeping procedures, if the findings relate to quality control or other records (Note: Patient names or identification should be deleted from any copies submitted).

Please submit your response to:

Mr. R. Terry Bolen

MQSA Compliance Officer

Food & Drug Administration

6751 Steger Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45237-3097

FAX: 513-679-2772

Also, please send a copy to the State radiation control office:

Ms. Julie Keightley

Commonwealth of Kentucky

Radiation Health & Toxic Agents Branch

3810 Glenwillow Way

Louisville, KY 40299

Finally, you should understand that there are many FDA requirements pertaining to

mammography. This letter pertains only to findings of your inspection and does not necessarily address other obligations you have under the law. You may obtain general information about all of FDA?s requirements for mammography facilities by contacting the Mammography Quality Assurance Program, Food and Drug Administration, P.O. Box 6057, Columbia, MD 21045-6057 (1-800-838-7715) or through the Internet at http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/marnmography.

If you have more specific questions about mammography facility requirements, or about the content of this letter, please feel free to contact Mr. R. Terry Bolen at 513-679-2700, extension 138.

Sincerely yours,

Henry L. Fielden

District Director

Cincinnati District Office